1937 CORD 812 PHAETON BUSTLEBACK - 15791 Sold* at Scottsdale 35th Anniversary 2006 - Lot #1280 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON BUSTLEBACK https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/15791/15791_Front_3-4_Web.jpg
Lot #1280   1937 CORD 812 PHAETON BUSTLEBACK
Auction Scottsdale 35th Anniversary 2006
Reserve NO RESERVE
Status Sold
Price
Lot 1280
Year 1937
Make CORD
Model 812
Style PHAETON BUSTLEBACK
*Includes Buyer Commission
Details
VIN 8121930
Exterior Color MAROON/TAN
Interior Color BLACK/MAROON
Cylinders 8
Engine Size 0
Transmission
Description
Lot #1280 - The Cord was originally designed as a "Baby Duesenberg". It became a Cord when the engineers decided to use front wheel drive to give the car a lower silouette. In 1937, the Cord 812 Series offered 2 models on the 125 inch wheel base and 4 models on the 132 inch wheel base. Crafted in just 15 weeks, Gordon Buehrigs most famous design was often referred to as "rolling sculpture" and some historians say it's the most distinctive looking American car ever made. Since Cords were virtually custom built by a small company many unique body styles were turned out for individual customers to pull in much needed sales. Only 2 model 812 convertible Phaetons with a bustle trunk like this car were built. One of these cars is pictured in josh B. Malks book "Cord 810/812: The Timeless Classic." According to Malk the accessory trunk provided much needed space for luggage. This 34,000 original mile standard wheelbase car has received a Verification of Originality from the Auburn Cord Duesenberg (ACD) Club and is classified as ACD category No. 1 certified original car. The 120mph speedometer and 1936 steering wheel were all original for this vehicle. The offered description dated September 22, 1997 indicates that this is an "exceptional rare trunk body style" with matching numbers.
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